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Ways to Wow Your Kids in Fredericksburg JUN 18 2019

Ways to Wow Your Kids in Fredericksburg
  • Teach them to two-step at Luckenbach Texas – Let’s face it, any kid who’s in, from, or visits Texas needs to learn how to Texas two-step. Made famous by Waylon, Willie and the Boys, Luckenbach Texas is the perfect spot for the whole family to dance. Enjoy live music 364 days of the year, let the kids get their hands dirty playing under the old oak trees or dance the night away in the dance hall.
  • History lessons… that are actually fun! Fredericksburg is rich with history. Take the kids to the museums and historical spots for some history lessons they’ll actually enjoy.
    • Pioneer Museum – At the Pioneer Museum, the whole family can learn about how Fredericksburg came to be a little German/Texan town. Tour the 3.5 acre complex- including log cabins, a school house, and Sunday Haus for plenty of photo ops and learning opportunities.
    • National Museum of the Pacific War – The National Museum of the Pacific War is the only museum dedicated to the battles of the Pacific Theater, where you’ll find interactive exhibits for adults and kids alike. The museum, and all of its hands on exhibits (and cold AC), can be explored for an entire afternoon.
    • Lyndon B. Johnson State and National Historical Parks – Tour the “Texas White House” and the former president’s birthplace at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, and then visit the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm at the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site just across the river. A working farm, costumed docents and the official longhorn herd of Texas await! Don’t forget to pack your picnic- plenty of shaded picnic areas are the perfect place to enjoy a casual lunch.
    • Fort Martin Scott & the Texas Rangers Heritage Center – Explore one of the first frontier Army forts in Texas at Fort Martin Scott, located just beyond downtown Fredericksburg. The pre-Civil War military outpost offers free self-guided walking tours daily and is home to special events- like a Frontier Day Celebration and Texas History Day Celebration throughout the year. Then hop over to the adjacent Texas Rangers Heritage Center, where you can learn about the history, the philosophy and the life experiences of one of Texas oldest institutions – the Texas Rangers.
  • See the bats emerge at Old Tunnel State Park – For a fun evening adventure, take a quick drive out to Old Tunnel State Park to watch millions of Mexican free-tailed bats emerge from an old railway tunnel and take flight into the night sky. Note: Visitors are limited to 250 people in order to protect and conserve the natural resources at Old Tunnel State Park, so plan to arrive early on busy weekends!
  • Head to Main Street for these kid-friendly adventures!
    • Treat Stations: You’d think this was pre-planned but it just so happens there are conveniently placed “treat stations” sprinkled throughout the shopping district—shops with homemade ice cream and monster cookies. Candy stores with a fun selection of crazy treats. And TWO popcorn stores (Big Pop’s Popcorn Co. and Fredericksburg’s Popcorn Emporium) with every flavor under the sun. You’ll see — one trip inside will keep them going. And don’t miss the ice cream at Clear River Ice Cream and Bakery.
    • Toy Shops: The toy shops are a must! Dooley’s Five & Dime (a truly historic Fredericksburg experience) has a fun toy section and will bring you back to the 50’s the second you walk through the door. Old Thyme Fun Shop is your place for magic, funny gags and practical jokes. The tween and teens will love it! The Fredericksburg General Store is a good stop too, with lots of quality souvenirs.

For more ideas on a family getaway to Fredericksburg, check out our family-friendly itinerary! And for more information on Fredericksburg, visit Don’t forget to stop by the Visitor Information Center at 302 East Austin Street for a free interactive Kid’s Brochure!

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